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SCC Student Has Success with SI Bridges Program

The SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded grant partnership between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College. The program is designed to enable community college students to learn skills and abilities, which will enable them to conduct scientific research in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Additionally, the program provides strong mentorship and guidance as these students transition from their respective community colleges to a university setting.

One of the students in the SI Bridges program, Darmez Nelson (pictured at right) has gained a lot of success, mentorship, and memories. Darmez of Ullin, Illinois received his Associate of Arts and Associates of Science from Shawnee Community College in 2014. He is in his second year of the SI Bridges program wanting to pursue his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

SCCís Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott asked Darmez some questions about his success with the SI Bridges program.

1.) How did you learn about the SI Bridges program?
Lori Armstrong asked me what my interests were in life. After having a long talk with her about the program I decided to apply for it. She told me it would help get a leg up on the others trying to get in my field.

2.) What has been your experience/success within this program thus far?
The program helped me get into a research lab at SIUC and introduced me to a lot of people that can help me throughout my life. Bridges also helped me get an internship at Choate Mental Health Clinic in Anna, Illinois. Since Iím in my lab, they are taking me to San Antonio, Texas to present the data I find this school year.

3.) Would you recommend this program to other students who may be interested in the science field?
I would refer anyone that likes science. Even if you do not want to do research, it is still a good program that will allow you to meet a lot of people in good places. The people could help you get into graduate school or a job in the field you choose.

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